Interested in competing in the Figure Class?
- Do you want to take your training to the next level?
- Are you committed and hard working?
- Are you up for the challenge?
Competing in figure, for me was one of the most challenging goals I have ever set for myself. I have always enjoyed my training and I was reasonably happy with my figure.
I remember once training in a gym and was captivated by photographs of figure girls in glamorous bikinis, tanned and toned in all the right places. I thought to myself I would love to do that but was a little apprehensive, asking myself questions, could I do that, could I really be as good as those girls, have I got what it takes, could I stand on stage and be scrutinised by the audience and judges, pretty scary stuff I thought. Although I had doubts I was also intrigued, the not knowing if I could do it made me want to do it more. To cut a long story short I did it and achieved more than I ever expected to.
My goal is now to help other women achieve their goals, to pass on my knowledge and experience. It is an advantage for the competitor to have someone in their corner who has experience of working in this area. Competing in the figure class is about having the right combination of muscle mass, definition and of course outstanding stage presentation. I always give my clients 100% and in return I expect the same from them; 100% commitment and dedication.
The workouts are hard and you will probably be expected to train harder than you do at the moment. The programmes are designed for the individual and are constantly changing to keep the body off guard in order to make all those important changes. Everyone is different so the programmes will differ from person to person.
The workouts become progressively harder. When the body has made its adaptations and the training becomes less hard your programme will then be changed to trigger
When you have a show date to focus on you become switched on and just get on with it, motivation is high and in a funny sort of way you actually enjoy it.
Diet for me, and if you ask any competitor is the hardest of all!
Eating good clean basic foods, regular, day in day out, drinking your water to hype your metabolism and worst of all NO CHEATS!
The diet in my opinion has to be done slowly to avoid the loss of muscle tissue and can take months to achieve the look you need. The diet differs from person to person.
OUT ON STAGE - WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU
You need to be able to show your figure to the best of your ability and most organisations usually focus on shape and symmetry. In the figure class you are expected to have a toned figure with just enough body fat to show roundness to the muscle groups and not to be overly lean. Some girls get this so very wrong and can come in too smooth or too lean, you have to have the right balance.
You are expected to have a good awareness of posing and displaying your figure correctly can make all the difference. The poses take time to master and they need to be right on the day.
The poses include quarter turns which are semi-relaxed and include front, back and side stances.
Followed by compulsory poses which are – front double biceps, front lat spread, side chest, back double biceps, back lat spread and front or side poses.
The routine - This is where you get the stage to yourself for a whole 1min and 30 secs. The routine
can be anything you feel comfortable with together with some compulsory poses in between to show yourself to the best of your ability. Some organisations will allow gymnastic moves and props etc but will depend on the rules.
The routine takes time to put together and practise to make it perfect, you have to know your routine inside out upside down.
COMPETITION TRAINING TESTIMONIALS
When I first decided to compete this year I had to make a decision as to who I was going to turn to for help prepping as I was totally new to the sport and only had 3 weeks until I was going to get up on stage at the BNBF Northern Qualifier. I chose to use Jenny for posing and put together my routines as I felt she had the expertise and experience. I was not wrong; this was the best choice I had made as Jenny was amazing to say the least. She not only gave me excellent guidance with posing but she also gave me invaluable advice for my competition prepping from diet through to training. From the first competition August 2011 to November 2011 I have achieved NPA British Figure Champion, BNBF Figure Champion, IFPA Pro Card competing in Yorton Cup World Championships and UIBBN 3rd Place in World Championship. I would never have been able to achieve this without the support from Jenny. I plan to compete in 2012 however not decided which competitions I will be doing, one thing I do know is I will continue to utilise Jenny’s expert guidance.
I started training with jenny in June 2011 (i think), when I decided to compete in the bikini category for UKBBF. I chose Jenny to personal train me as she had a lot of experience in the industry and had competed herself. I was not disappointed. The training was hard but i enjoyed every minute of it. Jenny encouraged me all throughout the training and gave me the drive to keep pushing myself. This gave me the results i wanted and I could see physical changes. I couldn't have asked for a better personal trainer, not only did she help with the training but she also mentored me along the way so I knew what to expect. On the day of the competition Jenny stayed with me all throughout the day, and gave me the confidence to get on stage. I enjoyed every minute of it and will be doing it again next year. I highly recommend Jenny to anyone that is looking for a personal trainer, whether it's to lose weight or wanting to compete because she tailors each plan to you. I cannot thank Jenny enough, she went the extra mile to help me which i am so grateful for. xx
My name is Caroline Birkinshaw, I am 37 years old and married with 2 children.
I was always a size 12, or there about, until I fell pregnant with my first child. I used the pregnancy as an excuse to sit on the sofa and eat whatever I wanted! 6 months after having my first child, I found out I was pregnant again, and because I hadn't had the time to lose the weight from my first pregnancy, the weight just piled on and before I knew it I was pushing 14 stones on the scales. I hated myself, hated having my photograph taken and even found it difficult to look in the mirror.
I tried many different ways of losing the weight, from weight watchers, to the cabbage diet and other fad diets.
I was no stranger to exercise, and had enjoyed regular sessions at the gym before I had children, and deep down I knew that this was the only way to lose the fat! Something had to be done, so I decided to get myself a personal trainer to help keep me focussed and motivated.
This is when I met Jenny. After our first meeting I knew that this was the best decision I had ever made. Straight away, she made me feel at ease, and not at all self conscious. In march 2009 at my first weigh in with Jenny I tipped the scales at just over 13 stones. I signed up for a 12 week transformation program and worked out with Jenny twice a week. The workouts were pretty gruelling, but I enjoyed every single one of them and really looked forward to going. Jenny always made me feel good about myself, and gave me tons of encouragement and support. After about 6 or 7 weeks of training and the many conversations about the figure competitions that Jenny had done (and won!!), I decided that this was something that I really wanted to do, and HAD to do, (I believe that everyone should do something that scares the hell out of them at some point in their life!) and I knew that with Jenny's help and guidance I would reach my goal.
It hasn't been easy. The workouts have been tough, and the dieting even tougher, but Jenny's expertise and more importantly, her belief in me have been paramount in helping me achieve my dream of stepping on stage, in a bikini, as a size 8, and taking 1st place in my first ever show!
I would definitely recommend Jenny to anyone who has aspirations to get on stage, or just to lose weight and feel good about yourself again.
I am now wanting to work in the fitness industry myself, and hope to get back on stage again very soon. Jenny has been a true inspiration and I am very proud to call her my friend!